Subject: A teenage girl looks back at an orange cone as she learns to drive and practices parallel parking with a driving instructor or parent.

Online Georgia Driver’s Education for Teen Drivers

What?

Online driver’s education in Georgia

Who?

Teens ages 14 to 16

Why?

Fulfill Joshua’s Law requirements

How?

Our convenient, effective online course

Take Our 30-Hour Georgia Driver’s Ed Online

To get your learner’s permit and driver’s license in the state of Georgia, teenagers must take a driver’s education program. In Georgia driver’s ed, you learn basic driving skills, traffic laws and the responsibilities that come with being a driver.

Through SafeMotorist.com, American Safety Council® offers the Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course—an online option for driving school. With our course, you can learn to drive without sitting in a classroom and listening to lectures. Simply create an account and go through the modules at home or anywhere with internet access.

This course is approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and fulfills the classroom portion of the Joshua’s Law requirement. Enroll in Georgia driver’s ed from American Safety Council and start driver’s ed as soon as today.

Benefits of American Safety Council

Flexibility

Our 100% online course allows you to complete driver’s ed on your schedule. Find a comfortable spot with internet access and sign in to your account via phone, tablet or computer.

Save Money

American Safety Council is committed to offering our courses at affordable prices. In addition, students under age 25 who complete drivers can get an auto insurance discount. Ask your insurance company for details. Lastly, the student’s parents or guardians are eligible for a tax credit of up to $150.

Trusted Organization

Not only does the Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course meet the requirements of Georgia state law, but American Safety Council is known to provide best-in-class online courses for organizations throughout the nation.

Customers First

We make completing Georgia driver’s ed as easy as possible by offering 24/7 customer support and automatic reporting free of charge. If you’re not happy with your results, ask us about our money-back guarantee.

Am I Old Enough for GA Driver’s Ed?

Georgia teens can start a driver’s education program at age 14. This gives you plenty of time to complete the 30 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of supervised driving before you apply for a driver’s license. At age 15, you can apply for your learner’s permit while you continue to work on meeting Joshua’s Law requirements. You are eligible to apply for a Class D provisional driver’s license at age 16.

You are not required to take driver’s ed if you are age 17 or older to earn your Class D provisional driver’s license. However, you must still complete 40 hours of supervised driving, six of which must be night driving.

What Is Joshua’s Law?

Joshua’s Law is named for Joshua Brown, a Georgia high school student who lost his life in 2003 when his car hydroplaned and crashed. After his death, his mother and father founded the Joshua Brown Foundation and lobbied for legislators to recognize the need for greater driver’s education requirements. The law passed in 2005 as Senate Bill 226.

How Do I Meet Joshua’s Law Requirements?

  • Complete a 30-hour driver’s education course that’s approved by the Georgia DDS.
  • Complete 40 hours of driving training with a parent, guardian or eligible adult. Six of these 40 hours must be done at night.

Georgia Driver’s Ed Online Course: 30 Hours

Enroll in Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course by American Safety Council by filling out our online form. Here, you create a username and password to use each time you log in and out. It takes 30 hours to go through the course material, plus any extra time for the quizzes and final exam.

This Joshua’s Law course is self-paced, so don’t worry about finishing the course in one sitting. In fact, we encourage you to take your time and make sure that you comprehend the material. That way, you have a grasp on basic skills before you get behind the wheel and begin your 40 hours of supervised driving.

What to Expect from Our Online Georgia Driving School

Our online driver education is broken up into 10 modules, which use videos, images, interactive content and other methods to present the material. To see a demo of what the course looks like, watch this video from JoshuasLaw.com.

Each module ends with a short practice quiz and 10-question exam. You won’t be graded on the quizzes—they’re designed to help you prepare for the end-of-unit exams. You have three chances to take the exams, score at least 70% and pass the course.

Not sure what kind of questions are on the final exam? Try our online Georgia driver’s ed practice test to see if you’re prepared.

Successfully Completing Online Driver’s Education

After you pass the final exam, American Safety Council emails you a certificate of completion to download, print and bring to the Driver’s License Office when getting your license. We also notify the Georgia DDS of your course completion at no extra charge. You receive instructions on next steps toward fulfilling Joshua’s Law at the end of the course.

Behind-the-Wheel Training: 40 Hours

Now that you’ve finished the Joshua’s Law 30-hour online course, it’s time to complete the second part of the requirement: 40 hours of supervised driving training, six of which must be at night.

There are two ways to satisfy this requirement:

  1. Complete 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training at a Georgia DDS-certified driver training school and 40 hours of supervised driving with a parent or guardian.
  2. Complete 40 hours of supervised driving, using the Parent/Teen Driving Guide.
Teenager learning to drive

What Is the Parent/Teen Driving Guide?

The Georgia DDS created the 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide as an information packet and driving training checklist for teen drivers and their supervisors. It outlines what skills you should cover during your driving lessons.

For example, these are some of the tasks for Sessions 1 and 2:

  • Getting ready to drive—Adjusting mirrors, checking the tires, etc.
  • Starting the vehicle—Putting your foot on the brake and turning the car on
  • Placing vehicle in motion—Smoothly starting the car and hitting the gas pedal
  • Stopping vehicle in motion—Using controlled braking with your heel on the floorboard
  • Steering—Using the hand-over-hand technique
  • Securing the vehicle—Putting the car in the correct gear before taking your foot off the break and turning the car off

Download the driving guide for free to get started.

Who Can Be My Supervisor?

Your supervisor while driving is usually a parent or guardian, but they don’t have to be. The Georgia DDS states that your supervisor must meet these requirements:

  • Owner of a Class C driver’s license that’s not expired
  • Age 21 or older
  • Able to take control of the car if necessary
  • Must be in the passenger seat at all times while supervising

When you and your supervisor go to the Driver’s License Office to get your Class D license, the supervisor must swear or affirm under penalty of law that you completed the 40 hours of driving. This is instead of turning in a log or other documentation of your driving hours.

What Do I Need to Get My Learner’s Permit?

A learner’s permit, also called an instructional permit, allows you to drive with an approved supervisor. You must be 15 years old to apply for a permit, which costs $10.

When you come to the Driver’s License Office for your permit, bring the following documents:

  • Proof of your name, address, full social security number and U.S. citizenship or lawful status
  • Any out-of-state permit, license or ID card
  • Certificate of School Enrollment, which should be signed and notarized by your school within 30 days of applying for a permit
  • Application, which you can fill out online beforehand

Your parent, guardian, responsible adult or authorized driving training instructor must be with you to sign for the permit.

At the office, you also complete a vision exam and a knowledge exam. The vision exam is an eye test that checks that you vision is at least 20/60 in one eye. If you wear glasses or contacts, wear them for the exam.

The knowledge exam is a two-part test about road rules and signs, which is information you learn in your driver’s ed course. You must get at least 15 out of 20 questions correct (75%) to pass. Take this free online practice test to help you prepare.

How to Earn Your Driver’s License in GA

To earn a provisional driver’s license (Class D) in the state of Georgia, teen drivers must meet these requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have a permit for at least one year and one day.
  • Meet Joshua’s Law requirements (pass driver’s ed and drive at least 40 hours with a supervisor).
  • Have no major traffic ticket that resulted in your permit being suspended.
  • Fill out the application and pay the $10 fee.
  • Pass the vision exam.
  • Pass the road skills test.

What Is the Road Skills Test?

To earn your driver’s license, you must schedule a road skills test with a Georgia DDS instructor by calling 1-678-413-8400. During the road test, the instructor provides directions that lead you to demonstrate these skills:

Road Skills Test

  • Posture—Keep both hands on the steering wheel.
  • Stopping—Come to full stops at the appropriate signs and traffic signals.
  • Backing up—Safely reverse the car for about 50 feet.
  • Turning—Be in the correct lane and give a signal at a safe distance.
  • Passing—Check ahead and behind you to make sure you can safely pass.
  • Following—Keep a safe following distance of at least 2 seconds.
  • Yielding right-of-way—Yield for pedestrians, bikers, etc.
  • Parallel parking—Park the car between two marks and stay 18 inches away from the curb.
  • Turnabout—Turn the car around in a narrow space with a 2-, 3- or 5-point turn.
  • Approaching corners—Be in the proper lane and check both directions.
  • Use of clutch—Change gears smoothly.

Register Today: Online Driver’s Ed in Georgia

The Georgia driver’s ed course by American Safety Council prepares teen drivers to be safe and confident while on the road. By taking our course and meeting Joshua’s Law requirements, you spend at least 70 hours learning how to drive.

Our online course makes fulfilling Joshua’s Law simple. Enroll in the Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course to get started.

Georgia Driver’s Ed FAQ

What is a driver’s education course?

Driver’s ed teaches students how to drive through text, videos, images, quizzes, tests and other classroom instruction methods. The course can be taken in person or online through sponsors like American Safety Council.

Is driver’s ed required in Georgia?

Yes, you have to take driver’s ed in Georgia if you are under age 17 and want to have a driver’s license.

If you are age 17, you don’t have to take the classroom instruction portion of driver’s ed, but you must still complete the 40 hours of supervised driving training.

How do I contact customer support?

American Safety Council has a team of representatives who are available at all hours to answer your questions. Whether you have trouble logging into your account or don’t understand part of the material, reach out to our team:

Phone: 1-800-393-1063

Online: Click the “Live Chat” button at the top of the screen

Email: info@americansafetycouncil.com

Do I have to turn in my 40-Hour Teen/Parent Driving Guide to get my learner’s permit?

No. The Georgia Department of Driver Services does not require that you turn in a Joshua’s Law driving log or checklist of your driving hours. The driving supervisor affirms under penalty of law that the hours were completed.

How long does it take to complete a driver’s ed course?

The Joshua’s Law course by American Safety Council takes 30 hours to complete. Allow additional time for quizzes and the final exam.

What’s the best online driver’s ed course in Georgia?

The driver’s education program from American Safety Council offers teen drivers and their parents several benefits, including the opportunity for an auto insurance discount and tax credit.

Sources:

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/provisional-drivers-license-class-d

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/driver-education-faqs#field_related_links-576-1

Georgia Legislation: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20052006/47993.pdf

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/sites/dds.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/Joshua%27s%20Law%20Course%20Chart.pdf

Georgia DDS: http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/16GAPT_LR.pdf

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/teen-driving-laws-faqs#field_related_links-576-10

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/instructional-permit-cp

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/test-and-exams-information

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/non-commercial-license-fees